Bochum Symphony

Founded in 1919, the Bochum Symphony developed into one of the leading orchestras in western Germany. Composers such as Hindemith or Krenek performed their works here. In 1994, the israeli-american conductor Steven Sloane became General Music Director. Sloane’s innovative programmes lead to nationwide success: in 1996/1997 as well as in 2004/2005 the Bochum Symphony was given the annual award for the best concert programme, donated by the German Association of Music Editors.

Guestperformances such as at the Kölner Philharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam or the Festspielhaus Salzburg as well as a regular participation in the Klavierfestival Ruhr have strengthened the Bochumer Symphony’s reputation. On visits to Israel, Austria, the USA and Estonia the orchestra was just as convincing as during the internationally recognised and acclaimed Ruhrtriennale-production of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten, which was also invited to open the Lincoln Center Festival in New York 2008.

Moreover, the orchestra was honoured with a Grammy nomination for the recording of Joseph Marx’ Orchesterlieder. Lately the Bochumer Symphoniker started the recording of several works of the american composer George Antheil for the german label cpo.